"Or yet in wise old Ravenclaw,
If you've a ready mind,
Where those of wit and learning,
Will always find their kind.
—The Sorting Hat[src]

Ravenclaw is one of the four Houses of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Its founder was the medieval witch Rowena Ravenclaw. Members of this house are characterised by their wit, learning, and wisdom. The emblematic animal symbol is an eagle, and blue and bronze are its colours.[4] The Head of Ravenclaw is Filius Flitwick and the house ghost is the Grey Lady, otherwise known as Helena Ravenclaw.[5]

Ravenclaw corresponds roughly to the element of air[6], and it is for that reason that the House colours were chosen; blue and bronze represent the sky and eagle feathers respectively, both having much to do with air.[7] The Ravenclaw points hourglass contains blue sapphires.


"Wit beyond measure is man's greatest treasure."
—Rowena Ravenclaw[src]
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Rowena Ravenclaw, the founder of Ravenclaw

Ravenclaw House prizes learning, wisdom, wit, and intellect in its members.[4] Thus, many Ravenclaws tend to be academically motivated and talented students. They also pride themselves in being original in their ideas, and methods. It's not unusual to find Ravenclaw students practising especially different types of magic that other houses might shun. Hermione Granger, an extremely intelligent witch and the top student in her year, was sorted into Gryffindor, though she admitted that the Sorting Hat had seriously considered placing her in Ravenclaw.[8]

Often hard-working and diligent, as often is the case with intellectuals with a predisposition for academics, some of the pupils sorted under the blue-bronzed eagle are known to be inclined to dismiss certain social expectation for the sake of satisfying their own intellectual curiosity. Some of these eventually also ended up being not only accepted, but even celebrated, in spite of being initially subjected to scorn for their various oddities. Luna Lovegood, for example, was one such student: Eccentric to put it at its mildest, she was a Ravenclaw student who initially was bullied for her open defiance of conventionality, but ultimately became a celebrated wizarding naturalist and renowned for her participation in the legendary Battle of Hogwarts and past membership in Dumbledore's Army. Another example would be Professor Filius Flitwick, a half-goblin who might have faced scorn for his short stature earlier in life but went on to become a renowned Duelling Champion, and subsequently one of the finest and most knowledgable Charms Masters in the entirety of the wizarding world during his employment at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. (The best, according to some of his students).

Ravenclaws tend to be curious about the world and pay attention to the world around them. Ravenclaws are known to be logical and rational.

Even so, not all Ravenclaws were motivated by academic prowess. Examples of such individuals included Gilderoy Lockhart and Cho Chang, both of whom sought to use the good name and renown of their house, the inherent expectations of certain academic prowess that comes with being sorted into it as well as the often somewhat natural ability of its members to gain popularity among their peers, which particularly was the case of the former, proving true the fact that a good student did not necessarily make a good witch or wizard.


"I got into big trouble during my third year for duelling a Ravenclaw prefect who insisted that Bridget Wenlock had come from his house, not mine."
—A Hufflepuff with an intelligent witch in their house[src]

Ravenclaw's symbol

According to Slytherin prefect Gemma Farley, Ravenclaws are so competitive when it comes to academic success that they are known to back stab each other, and likely other students, in order to get top marks. While Hufflepuff prefect Gabriel Truman noted that they are so proud of the success of famous members, such as Laverne de Montmorency, that they claim any intelligent wizard as a member of Ravenclaw House, such as Bridget Wenlock, who was, in fact a Hufflepuff. Some Ravenclaws, such as Uric the Oddball, are also noted to have a propensity towards eccentricity.

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House ghost, The Grey Lady

Ravenclaw House appears to have little rivalry with the other houses, except in Quidditch. Harry Potter believed that they tended to side with Gryffindor in its rivalry with Slytherin, as did Hufflepuff house. However, during the 1994 Triwizard Tournament, most Ravenclaws supported Hufflepuff Champion Cedric Diggory over Harry.[9] They believed that Harry had in fact cheated his way into being a champion and that the true Hogwarts champion was Cedric. Many Ravenclaws (such as Cho Chang) joined Dumbledore's Army and fought in the Battle of Hogwarts along with Gryffindors and Hufflepuffs. They rose at almost the exact moment as the Hufflepuffs and turned their wands upon Pansy Parkinson and Slytherin House in Harry Potter's defence, when the former wished to hand Harry over to Lord Voldemort and his army of Death Eaters.

Within the house, though, they’re well-known for being welcoming and encouraging of creativity, eccentricity and individuality and being very accepting.

Common Room

Knocker: "Which came first, the phoenix or the flame?"
Luna Lovegood: "I think the answer is that a circle has no beginning."
Knocker: "Well reasoned."
Luna solving a riddle to enter Ravenclaw tower[src]
Ravenclaw common room

Ravenclaw common room

The Ravenclaw common room is in one of the castle's towers and is wide and circular. You have to climb a tight spiral staircase to get there. It has graceful arched windows, and the walls are hung with blue and bronze silks. The domed ceiling is painted with stars, which are echoed in the midnight-blue carpet. Tables, chairs, and bookcases cover the expanse of the floor, and a white-marble statue of Rowena Ravenclaw sits next to the door that leads to the dormitories above. Harry Potter entered the common room in 1998 while searching for clues to the location of one of Voldemort's Horcruxes.

Unlike the other common rooms in the school, a logical riddle given by a bronze eagle-shaped knocker must be answered to enter.[5] This could prove troublesome as anyone with enough intellect could intrude into the dormitory, as is shown in 1998 where Professor McGonagall had no trouble entering by answering the riddle correctly (though she was a "hatstall" between Gryffindor and Ravenclaw). However, Hermione stated in her first year when figuring out the complicated riddle, beneath the trapdoor, that most wizards and witches do not have much sense of logic, which might be something that Ravenclaw noticed herself and decided to use clever riddles instead of passwords, as they are safer than some words.

Head of House

The head of house before and during Harry Potter's time was Filius Flitwick. It is unknown when he became head of house, but it is known that he was teaching Charms in 1971. It is unknown whom he succeeded.

Known Ravenclaws

Name Period Attending Hogwarts Notes
Helena Ravenclaw[10] Founders' time Daughter of the house founder, killed during her school years,[11] later became the house ghost.
Uric the Oddball[3] Medieval era Famous for his eccentric habits, such as wearing a jellyfish as a hat, and sleeping in a room with fifty pet Augureys.
Ignatia Wildsmith[3] c. 1238 - 1245 Inventor of Floo Powder.
Laverne de Montmorency[3] c. 1834 - 1841 Inventor of the several Love Potions.
Basil Fronsac Mid-19th century (most likely) Was Headmaster sometime prior to Armando Dippet
Perpetua Fancourt[3] c. 1911 - 1918 Inventor of the lunascope.
Myrtle Warren[12] c. 1940 - 1943 Was killed by Salazar Slytherin's Basilisk and is now a ghost that haunts the Second-floor girls' lavatory.
Quirinus Quirrell[13] 1960s or 1970s (possibly) Muggle Studies professor, Defence Against the Dark Arts professor during the 1991-1992 school year, and host to Lord Voldemort's disembodied soul.
Olivia Green 1970s - 1980s Friend of Jacob.
Gilderoy Lockhart[14] 1975 - 1982 Celebrity author and adventurer, later exposed as a fraud. Served as Professor of Defence Against the Dark Arts in the 1992-1993 school year. Is now a danger to himself at St Mungo's after a Memory Charm backfired.
Chester Davies 1980 - 1987 Prefect. Joined the Improper Use of Magic Office
Badeea Ali 1984 - 1991 Interested in the portraits around Hogwarts.
Andre Egwu Member of the Ravenclaw Quidditch team.
Tulip Karasu
Talbott Winger An Animagus.
Eliza 1985 - 1992 Once lost her Potions notes.
Robert Hilliard 1980s and 1990s A Prefect.
Unidentified Ravenclaw Seeker Seeker of the Ravenclaw Quidditch team.
Penelope Clearwater 1987 - 1994 Prefect. Dated Percy in 1992.
Roger Davies 1989 - 1996 Chaser and Captain of the Ravenclaw Quidditch team from 1993 to 1995.
Marcus Belby 1990 - 1997 Member of the Slug Club.
Eddie Carmichael
Cho Chang Seeker for the Ravenclaw Quidditch team from at least 1993 to 1997; member of Dumbledore's Army. Harry Potter's love interest in fifth year.
Marietta Edgecombe Member of Dumbledore's Army, but betrayed them to Dolores Umbridge.
Terry Boot 1991 - 1998 Member of Dumbledore's Army.
Mandy Brocklehurst Ravenclaw student.
Michael Corner Member of Dumbledore's Army. Dated Ginny and later Cho.
Anthony Goldstein Prefect. Member of Dumbledore's Army.
Sue Li Ravenclaw student.
Isobel MacDougal
Padma Patil Prefect. Member of Dumbledore's Army. Parvati's twin sister.
Lisa Turpin Ravenclaw student.
Amanda Ravenclaw student. May be Mandy Brocklehurst.
Boy who kept a bezoar in his pocket Commented on Snape's unpleasant demeanour. Kept a bezoar in his pocket.
Luna Lovegood 1992 - 1999 Member of Dumbledore's Army and close friend of Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger, Neville Longbottom and Ginny Weasley. Eventually married Rolf Scamander and became a Magizoologist.
Unidentified Ravenclaw 4th years
Stewart Ackerley 1994 - 2001
Orla Quirke
Unidentified Ravenclaw prefect (II) 1980s
Unidentified Ravenclaw prefect 1980s - 1990s Prefect.
Roland Abberley 1990s Owned a pair of dragon-hide gloves.
Jatin Agarkar Seen walking around in the 1993 - 1994 school year.
Dennis Aldermaston Usually spent time at the library.
Scott Ancrum Student who did not excel in studies.
Yutaka Amano Seen walking around in the 1993 - 1994 school year.
Becky Arncliffe
Arjuna Balaji
Yvonne Bampton
Ethan Bexley Possessed a rare Chudley Cannons card. Competed in the Exploding Snap tournament in the 1996 - 1997 school year.
Trevor Birch Duelling Club member.
Sheila Brooks Exchanged a Skiving Snackbox for six Stink Pellets with Harry.
Randolph Burrow Chaser on the Ravenclaw Quidditch team.
Hortense Cooper Ravenclaw student.
Loretta Cornhill Seen walking around in the 1993 - 1994 school year.
Daisy Corran Exchanged a few items with Harry.
Helen Dawlish Duelling Club member.
Nanette Desford Usually spent time by the Clock Tower. Played Exploding Snap.
Shruti Dev Seen walking around in the 1993 - 1994 school year.
Ananyo Dhillon
Nathaniel Douglas
Felicity Eastchurch Hid Luna's handbag as a prank. Competed in the Exploding Snap tournament in the 1996 - 1997 school year.
Harriet Ellesmere Seen walking around in the 1993 - 1994 school year.
Hilary Erskine
Margaret Ettington
S. Fawcett Duelling Club member. Attempted to put her name in the Triwizard Tournament by using an Ageing Potion. Attended the Yule Ball with Stebbins.
Marcus Fenwick Head of Gobstones Club.
Patrick Fincher Played informal Quidditch matches.
Miranda Flockton Seen walking around in the 1993 - 1994 school year.
Cordelia Gifford Competed in the Gobstones tournament in the 1996 - 1997 school year.
Maria Glossop Usually spent time by the Clock Tower.
Austin Guthrie
Noel Harwich
Declan Haworth
Christopher Hemsley
Susanna Hesleden
Sanford Humberston
Marcus Hitchin
Jason Huntingdon
Shoma Ichikawa
Duncan Inglebee Beater on the Ravenclaw Quidditch team.
Nola Johnston
Tomoko Kajiwara
Andrea Kegworth
Sarah Kempston
Joan Kerridge
Danny Kershaw
Ashok Khanna
Humphrey Kilburn
Noreen Kirkby
Biko Kisawahi
Mark Latchingdon
Toby Lennox
Roberta Lutterworth
Hugo Mattingley
Sterling McCubbin
Godfrey Midhurst
Elizabeth Mkapa
Phillip Montgomery
Takashi Noda
Banga O'Deluga
Grant Page Keeper on the Ravenclaw Quidditch team.
Sherwood Partington
Swati Pevekar
Amina Qureshi
Asma Rahman
Latisha Randle
Yolanda Reedham
Maisy Reynolds
Hemani Roshan
Ophelia Rushden
Jason Samuels Beater on the Ravenclaw Quidditch team.
Omar Shaw
Alannis Shepley
Kim Sheringham
Arman Shettigar
Justin Steele
Hazel Stickney
Geoffrey Stradbroke
Arnold Streeton
Jeremy Stretton Chaser on the Ravenclaw Quidditch team.
Lewis Thorverton
Sachin Tripathy
Miyuki Tsuji
Marcus Turner Prefect in the 1993 - 1994 school year.
Gerald Vickers
Gerard Willerby
Aron Woodbridge
Nigel Wroxton
David Zinter
Alannis Captain of the Ravenclaw Duelling Club.
Andrew Member of the Ravenclaw Duelling Club.
Bradley Chaser on the Ravenclaw Quidditch team.
Raymond Student whose kitten once fell in a well.
Rebecca Duelling Club member.
Music classroom monitor Classroom monitor in music class.
Ravenclaw Wizard Duelling Champion Duelling champion.
Ravenclaw Wizard's Chess champion Wizard's Chess champion.
Secret student sweetshop manager Ran a secret student sweetshop behind a bookcase in the Great Foyer.
Unidentified Dumbledore's Army male Ravenclaw member 1997-1998 (II) Member of Dumbledore's Army.
Unidentified Ravenclaw boy during the Battle of Hogwarts Fought in the Battle of Hogwarts.
Unidentified Hogwarts Ravenclaw boy who carried a body during the Battle of Hogwarts
Unidentified Ravenclaw black girl during the Battle of Hogwarts
Unidentified Ravenclaw boy at Hogwarts Ravenclaw student.
Unidentified Ravenclaw boy (II) Fought in the Battle of Hogwarts.
Unidentified Ravenclaw boy (III)
Unidentified Ravenclaw Girl during the Battle of Hogwarts Member of Dumbledore's Army.
Unidentified Ravenclaw student asked to the Yule Ball by a Durmstrang student Asked to the Yule Ball by a Durmstrang student during the Triwizard Tournament.
Unidentified Ravenclaw Substitute Seeker Substitute Seeker on the Ravenclaw Quidditch team.
Unidentified Ravenclaw boy 1997 - 2004
Millicent Bagnold Unknown Minister for Magic from 1980 - 1990.
Filius Flitwick Professor of Charms and Head of Ravenclaw House.
Xenophilius Lovegood Editor of The Quibbler. Luna's father.
Lorcan McLaird Minister for Magic from 1923 - 1925.
Garrick Ollivander Talented and famous wandmaker.
Sybill Trelawney Divination teacher in Hogwarts since 1981. Prophesized the birth of the one with the power to vanquish the Dark Lord.

Behind the scenes

House Cup

The Great Hall with the Ravenclaw banners raised

  • In the books, Ravenclaw colours are blue and bronze; however, in the films they were changed to blue and silver. Likewise, Ravenclaw's symbol is an eagle in the books and a raven in the films (though in the last film an eagle does appear as the Ravenclaw mascot).
  • Eagles are a symbol for a broader vision and strength of mind and heart.
  • It is revealed in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix that the Sorting Hat had originally considered putting Hermione Granger in Ravenclaw, due to her intelligence, but ultimately decided on Gryffindor.
  • Basil Fronsac was likely a Ravenclaw.
  • Gilderoy Lockhart was a Ravenclaw. This can be seen on his Quidditch robes from a picture of his past while at Hogwarts, and was later confirmed by J. K. Rowling on Pottermore.
  • In the Romanian version, the Ravenclaw house is changed to "Ochi-de-șoim", literally "Eye-of-Hawk", possibly because ravens are better known as signs of death or danger, and the members of the house have a broader way of thinking, being smart and witty, thus the name of the house.
  • In the original Italian edition of first three books, the Ravenclaw's house name was changed in Pecoranera (black sheep). Subsequently, the name was
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    changed in Corvonero (Black crow or Black raven).
  • In the Brazilian version, the Ravenclaw house is changed to "Corvinal". As the word "raven" means "corvo" in Portuguese.
  • In the French version, Ravenclaw house is changed to "Serdaigle" which means in English "Eagle's claw".
  • The Ravenclaw Common Room does not appear in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, but it is still possible to glimpse the stairwell inside the Tower. The Common Room's door can also be glimpsed. This is the same for LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7.
  • Minerva McGonagall was a hatstall, having approximately equal Ravenclaw and Gryffindor traits; the Hat finally Sorted her into Gryffindor. Hermione Granger was also considered being Sorted into Ravenclaw but Gryffindor was chosen once again. Filius Flitwick was in the same situation at the time of his Sorting, but in his case the Hat decided on Ravenclaw instead of Gryffindor.
  • Ravenclaw is the only House from which no head students have been named.
  • Isolt Sayre, founder of Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, wanted to be a Ravenclaw as a child, but never got to attend Hogwarts. Her choice of blue as a colour for the Ilvermorny school uniform was inspired by Ravenclaw.
  • No Ravenclaw student Sortings are shown in the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.

Pottermore House Cup 

  • Ravenclaw came third for the first house cup with 71,815,917 house points.
  • Ravenclaw came fourth for the second house cup with 45,455,773 points.
  • Ravenclaw came second for the third house cup with 26,916,194 points.
  • Ravenclaw came fourth for the fourth house cup with 24,567,337 points.
  • Ravenclaw won the fifth house cup with 28,048,578 points.
  • Ravenclaw won the sixth house cup with 32,377,299 points, becoming the only House to win the House Cup consecutively.
  • Ravenclaw came third for the seventh and eighth house cups with 49,775,819 and 23,712,525 points.


See also

Notes and references

  1. Writing by J.K. Rowling: "Colours" at Pottermore
  2. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 3 (The Letters from No One)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Pottermore Introductions to Hogwarts Houses from Pottermore (Archived)
  4. 4.0 4.1 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
  5. 5.0 5.1 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  6. The Leaky Cauldron and Mugglenet interview Joanne Kathleen Rowling
  7. Writing by J.K. Rowling: "Colours" at Pottermore
  8. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  9. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  10. F.A.Q. question at J. K. Rowling's Official Site (via Internet Archive)
  11. According to Pottermore - Secret Lives of the Hogwarts Ghosts: direct quote: "A few years into her magical education, she betrayed her mother by stealing the diadem – believing it could make her powerful – and running away from Hogwarts. The betrayal embarrassed Rowena, who told no one that the diadem was missing. On her death bed, however, she did send a young man to find Helena, so she could see her daughter for one last time." Few implies at least three years and confirms Helena was still at school.
  12. F.A.Q. question on J. K. Rowling's Official Site (via Internet Archive)
  13. Writing by J.K. Rowling: "Professor Quirrell" at Pottermore
  14. Writing by J.K. Rowling: "Gilderoy Lockhart" at Pottermore

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